posted by Dennis on August 31, 2011 19:15 as General
When it comes to your spiritual life, why do you believe what you believe? I have heard several people say that they think Jesus was a good man, that He said some good things to live your life by, but they don't believe He was the son of God.
I've heard other people say that they believe the natural things described in the Bible, but they don't believe in the supernatural parts. They don't believe in the world wide flood, they don't believe in the miracles that Jesus and the apostles performed. They don't believe Jesus rose from the grave.
So again, I ask you, "why do you believe what you believe?" Do you pick and choose what you believe in the Bible? Do you not believe any of it? What do you really believe?
Personally, I believe in the Bible. All of it. Why do I believe in the whole Bible? 2 ...>> full
posted by Dennis on August 25, 2011 17:30 as General
When you pay off a car loan or a mortgage you usually receive the original note stamped either "Cancelled" or "Paid in Full." The debt is paid and you no longer owe any money on the loan. You are free from the burden, you are free from that debt. What an amazing feeling that is to no longer owe your obligation, to have your slate wiped clean.
If you are trusting in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior then you know what this feels like. You were once under the wrath of God. You were once a guilty sinner bound for Hell. But because you have turned away from your sins and put your faith in Jesus, you are free. You are no longer guilty. God sees you as clean because He sees you through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
God doesn't see you as righteous because of anything that you ...>> full
posted by Dennis on August 18, 2011 19:30 as General
I have heard several rock groups sing songs saying that we
are innocent. I assume they mean that we are born innocent. In fact, the group Submersed has a song called To Peace
and they say, "we are born innocent. Our Lady Peace sings Innocent and
they say, "we are all innocent. Kutless has a song called Hearts of the
Innocent where they describe young people as being innocent.
I love all three of these groups, but is it biblical to say
that people are innocent? Lets look at some Bible verses to find out. In Psalm
51:5 David says, "Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive
me. Romans 5:12 states, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world
and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. In Romans 3:10-12 the apostle Paul ...>> full
posted by Dennis on August 12, 2011 19:20 as General
I have a confession to make: I am guilty of adultery. I have cheated on my wife many times over the years. I am ashamed of my sin. No, I haven't actually committed adultery against my wife - Polly, but I have lusted after other women many times.
Jesus said that lusting
after someone is the same thing as committing adultery in your heart (Matthew
5:28). When you lust after someone you are coveting that person, you are
committing a sin. I grew up "ogling" girls and I thought that was what we were supposed to do. Plus I thought it was fun; I thought it was harmless.
I didn't realize that
God saw my lusting as adultery of the heart. I confided in my brother years ago
about this problem and he suggested that I read Every Man's Battle by Stephen Arterburn. (The author also has a ...>> full
posted by Dennis on August 05, 2011 18:40 as General
Do you ever complain about high gas prices? I know I do. Are there other things that are too pricey for you? I am pretty cheap so my wife shocked me recently when we were in a mall in St. Louis. I won't mention the name of the store, but they had pots and pans that were a $1,000 each (and no we didn't buy one)! I wouldn't spend $200 for a whole set of pots and pans.
What is the most valuable thing you have? Some people might answer money, assets, job, happiness or power. But when it comes right down to it, if we are really honest, our own life is probably the one thing we value the most.
So it really is mind blowing to think that Jesus willingly suffered and died on the cross. He didn't do that for His own good. He didn't do it for selfish ...>> full